The last time Bubba Pollard lost a Pro Late Model race was in the month of January.
Over the eight months since he had a mechanical failure in the PLM portion of SpeedFest at Georgia’s Watermelon Capital Speedway, Pollard has now rattled off eight consecutive wins at five different race tracks in four states.
The most recent win and eighth in the bunch didn’t come with ease after he had to fight tooth and nail with John Hunter Nemechek for the top spot at Gresham Motorsports Park (GA) for the PPG Top Gun Sealants 100 Saturday night. After a nearly-20-lap battle, Pollard got the lead with 18 laps to go and then cruised to his eighth win in a row in Pro Late Model action and 13th overall this season.
“It’s hard to make a pass here on the bottom,” said Bubba Pollard. “I knew the pass was going to take a while because our cars were both so good. I really wanted to get it done right after the restart and I just had to tip toe to not slide up into him. It’s fun to race like that.”
Pollard drives for Bronson Dulabhan on the Pro Late Model side, which allows for him to focus his efforts on the Super Late Model program out of his shop. After a slow start to the Pro Late Model season, Pollard has been unbeatable.
“I am fortunate enough to have good people around me,” said Pollard. “We are a family team and we race on a budget. To be able to drive for someone really makes it easier on us all. We can’t worry about record and number of wins, we just have to worry about the next one and the next ones are big on the Super Late Model side.
Nemechek had the dominant car after setting fast time. The 17-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck series part-timer took the blame for a tangle with a lapped car that kept him out of victory lane.
“My crew gave me an awesome car all weekend long,” said Nemechek. “What happened was on me and one of my mistakes. I ran down a lap car and they decided to not run the top. They came down on me and I hit them with the right front.”
Despite the damage, Nemechek was able to hold off Pollard for many laps before the he slipped back to second. Nemechek also finished second to Pollard in the spring Pro Late Model race at GMP.
“He knew where my weakness was and used that to his advantage,” said Nemechek. “It’s fun to race clean and Bubba and I have done that a bunch. It’s just disappointing to finish second again, but we know we are fast whenever we unload. We know we can win some races before the end of the year.
Harrison Burton was third as Riley Thornton and Justin South made up the top five.
Gresham will finish their season this coming weekend with a Fan Appreciation night.
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-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager – Twitter: @ElginTraylor